October 9, 2020 1:24:29 pm
The Jharkhand High Court has pulled up the state police for its “lacklustre and shoddy investigation” into the alleged rape and homicide of a 15-year-old woman earlier within the yr, and stated Hathras-like locations not simply exist in Uttar Pradesh however on this state as nicely.
The courtroom additionally directed DGP M V Rao to represent a particular investigation group to look into the case.
According to an FIR filed on March 30, the accused had poured kerosene oil on the woman, a resident of Giridih, and set her on fireplace. Her father stated that the household had caught maintain of the accused when he was attempting to flee, however his kin got here to his rescue.
Justice Ananda Sen, whereas listening to a writ petition filed by the daddy on Thursday, stated the autopsy report has urged that the woman sustained 100 per cent burns, her physique was charred, however the investigation within the case was carried out in a “informal” method.
He additionally stated that the surprising incident has prompted the courtroom to say that “Hathras (like locations) isn’t solely within the State of Uttar Pradesh, but in addition is within the State of Jharkhand.”
“Surprisingly, quite shockingly the swab of the sufferer was despatched to the laboratory solely on May 20. In your entire case diary there isn’t any rationalization in regards to the delay brought on,” Justice Sen noticed.
The courtroom can’t preserve its eyes shut and ignore such a “lacklustre and shoddy” probe, he stated.
“This heinous incident wants quick investigation to convey to gentle the right truth and to guide the accused. The means this investigation proceeded is completely unsatisfactory.
“I believe this can be a match case the place a particular investigation group (SIT) be constituted. I subsequently direct the Director General of Police, Jharkhand, to right away represent a SIT to analyze the case,” Justice Sen added.
A 19-year-old Dalit girl was gang-raped in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by 4 upper-caste males. After preventing for her life for 2 weeks, she died in a Delhi hospital. The girl’s household alleged that her physique was “forcefully” cremated at an ungodly hour by the police.
The incident despatched shockwaves throughout India, and protests searching for justice had been staged in a number of states.
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